What Is the Role of Humanity in Preaching?

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There is a certain element of humanity in preaching.
There is a certain element of humanity in preaching. (Lightstock)

Some believe that preaching preparation is where the preacher goes off to talk to God with Bible in hand. Then God gives a message to the preacher. Then the preacher comes to the people without altering that message.

Touching or changing the word that came from on high would be tantamount to lying about what God said.

I am certainly mindful and hesitant to use the terminology of “God said.” Or, in more common vernacular, “God told me to tell ya.” Such language can be difficult and problematic when we are not even sure that God necessarily desires what we are about to say.

Who the Preacher Is Plays a Role

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While I honor that concern, I do think that we must recognize that there is a human component to the preaching moment. This human component informs our preparation and even aids in our presentation. The preacher’s understanding of the struggles of the congregation aids us in the determination of which of the great themes of the Bible to emphasize. It aids us in the preparation.

Our individual humanity plays a role in what it is that we are to preach. If your humanity was irrelevant, then why did God choose you to preach His message? There was something about your history. There is something about who you are that made you the proper vessel for the word to be presented.

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